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Wednesday, November 7 • 5:45pm - 6:45pm
21 What are they actually reading? And what can we do with this knowledge?

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Librarians are to be good stewards of the money they spend, and select relevant books - books that will get read. Using a technique called Use Factor analysis, librarians can determine, down to specific call numbers, what subjects in the collection are actually being checked out by students, and where checkout patterns indicate heavy use. By targeting these areas of high use for additional purchases, the available money can be spent on material that supports student interests and research. At the same time we avoid buying in areas which see little or no circulation. This presentation will explain what the Use Factor is, how to calculate it, and how to interpret the data provided by the analysis & make useful recommendations.

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Robert Weaver

Collection Management Librarian, Liberty University
We get a ridiculous amount of donations. I get to sort them all out. I am an Orthodox Christian Deacon.I'm branching out into freelance book indexing.I'm a short story writer and roleplaying adventure writer.

Wednesday November 7, 2018 5:45pm - 6:45pm EST
Carolina Ballroom, Francis Marion Hotel